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Dixon City Council swears in assistant city manager

February 7, 2018 GMT

DIXON – The third time was the charm.

The City Council on Monday added assistant city manager to Public Works Director Matt Heckman’s title.

It’s not a new position, but it allows Heckman to fill in when City Manager Danny Langloss isn’t around and puts him in charge of special city projects and initiatives.

It comes with no pay increase.

The council approved an ordinance in December saying the city could attach the title onto a department head, who would be tasked with “duties and responsibilities” assigned by the city manager.

The council planned to give Heckman the role at its last two meetings but couldn’t because it wasn’t properly listed on the agendas.

Heckman, 47, has worked for the city for 26 years and was water department manager before becoming public works director.

He’s the city’s third public works director in 2 years; Terry Weter was in the position for about 10 months before resigning in August, and Tim Ridder resigned before him after about 9 months on the job.

“It’s an exciting opportunity, and I’m looking forward to working with the City Council and city staff in a different capacity,” Heckman said in December. “I’m happy to be a part of it.”